Lemond Nutrition Articles
Thursday, Feb 23, 2017
Guest post: Rebecca Chrasta, UTSW Dietetic Intern and Graduate Student
It’s heart-health month! Now that we are past Valentine’s Day, perhaps we can start giving a little more attention to our physical hearts. As many of us know, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the US. The good news is that it can be prevented! Nutrition can play a significant role in protecting and strengthening our hearts against cardiovascular disease, and a great source of this nutrition is fish.
The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends eating fish at least twice a week. Fish, especially cold-water fish like salmon are great sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which are necessary for heart health. Omega-3s are also important for brain health, immune health, healthy pregnancies, and healthy infants.
Thursday, Feb 16, 2017
Child and teen athletes are not just “little adults” that can follow the hot new trending diet out there. They have one critical requirement to consider – growth. As a pediatric practitioner, it concerns me to see so many kids arbitrarily following diets and/or taking unregulated supplements without the guidance of an expert.
Enter Heather Mangieri, MS, RDN, CSSD. Heather is a registered dietitian nutritionist that is Board Certified as a Specialist in Sports Nutrition who has been helping kids of all ages up in the Pittsburgh, PA area for years. She has a newly released book, Fueling Young Athletes, that finally provides parents both accurate information and practically guides them on how to feed their child athlete. I had a chance to read through the book, and Heather did a phenomenal job sectioning off information into chapters for fast access. I don’t know of any other book that provides all the critical information to know plus guids you through personalizing a plan and then ends with tasty, kid-friendly foods that are easy to plug into their self-guided nutrition prescription. It’s as close to getting one-on-one guidance with the same type of qualified professional if you cannot afford a personalized session or your insurance doesn’t cover a visit. I love having this book on our clinic shelf for easy reference for my practitioners and families. It’s great for parents, but an excellent reference for medical professionals and fitness experts to use as a resource.
Thursday, Feb 02, 2017
One of the main hats that I wear as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist is one of being a “teacher.” At the end of the day, I provide people with information. I coach them. I am a personal cheer leader for them. It is up to them to really *learn* the information, decide how they are going to apply the information into their own lives, and how they are going to use information to make positive and healthy changes.
With that being said, learning what information is important and how to apply information into our own lives has become quite difficult in our age of technology, social media, and “electronic cookies.” Personally, I am not very tech savvy. But what I have come to realize over the past couple of years while teaching nutrition is that electronic cookies have a lot of similarities to the cookies that we eat.